MoRTH Funds Port Road

In order to ease congestion on the road connecting Gopalpur Port, the Union Government has agreed to provide funding of the alternative road to ease congestion.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has agreed in this regard, which will go a long way in easing heavy vehicular movement in the route.

With Gopalpur Port becoming functional and movement of vehicles has started in a big way, people are facing tough time on the National Higway-516 connecting to National Highway-16 .

This has lead to resentment among the people and creating Law and Order situation on a daily basis.

When the State Government brought it to the notice of the Special Secretary MoRTH, he assured that funding will be done by the Government of India for the new alignment, which will ease congestion.

In a meeting held recently, under the chairmanship of Special Secretary MoRTH, it was spelt out that the State Government will provide land for the alternative road and for construction of the road, MoRTH will provide funds.

This decision has come as a great relief for the people, who are facing real tough time to for years together and there was a demand for carving out a new alignment to ease congestion.

Due to heavy vehicular movement on the stretch of NH-516 Highwat connecting to NH-16 to Gopalpur of a road length of 5.35 Kilometers road is almost congested which leads to serious situation.

This stretch also crosses the Railway Line to Indian Rare Earth at two places.

MoRTH had sanctioned Rs.163.65 Crore for construction of two Road Over Bridge(ROB) at the above level crossings.

While funds are sanctioned, work for ROB has not yet started and experts feel that both the ROBs will not serve the purpose of easing congestion on the road.

Senior engineers opine that an alternative road to this stretch starting from Nh-16 at DRDA Office of Ganjam at Chhatrapur to Gopalpur Port of a road length of 4.5 KM will be serving the purpose.

Looking at the requirement, Department of Commerce and Transport had given a proposal to the State Government to take up the issue with the Government of India.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has favorably considered then proposal and has asked Secretary Works Krishan Kumar to prepare the plan accordingly, said sources.

Now Chief Engineer National Highways has been asked to prepare the new alignment proposal for carving out the road, which involves land acquisition.

The new alternate road will by-pass all the affected villages and construction of ROBs will not required, engineers opine.

Out of the total land required for the road is 65 acres and most of the land belongs to State Government.

Government land is 42 acres and balance land can be directly purchased from the people.

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